A couple of weeks ago I landed on the ground in New York after spending two weeks in Los Angeles recording our second LP.
There were a lot of memorable parts of the trip: sleeping on my best friend's couch and visiting old friends from the East Coast who decided to move West, paired with the fact that we completely missed whatever that Polar Vortex hell was about and wore tank tops on the beach at night. I finally got to hangout with Bethany (who gifted us some awesome Best Coast merch that she had stockpiled in her basement). Also, I ate a fried Avocado at an oh-so-trendy lunch spot in what I think was Echo Park before playing with famed internet superstar Snacks the Cat. We had excellent coffee with Honor (she plays in What's Eating Gilbert) and excellent brunch and more frozen yogurt than any human should reasonably consume. We saw the sprawl of lights from the Hills at night and thought about just how big one city could possibly be, and we drove around visiting every In-N-Out that we could. Oh, and possibly the most memorable part: we made a record and a music video.
I'm not sure how many of you have ever experienced making a record, but for me it was an all-encompassing, exhausting string of hours that bled into a fuzzy semblance of a week, but instead of being awful, it was awesome. I often found myself saying outloud, "what day is it?" and truly not knowing (which actually isn't that rare of a thing for me). The thing about making a record is that it's an event my entire year was planned around. It's like planning a wedding or the Super Bowl. I had drained every second my body had to spare sequestered in my bedroom writing about the last year. I'm not sure some of my friends even remember my name. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have isolated myself in the way that I did, but it's how I write. Right now, there is nothing compared to that feeling of recognizing that your work is finished and having nothing left to do but to live your life again in the real world until you have to find a job to pay rent next month or make another record or go on tour (did I mention I no longer have a job? Someone hire me freelance for something!).
Anyway, our record - at least the part of it I have to do before I make all of artwork - is finished. We spent the best couple of weeks with the greatest team in the world. Chad Gilbert is an amazing producer and Paul Miner is an excellent engineer. Jon Howard (who you might recognize as that uber-talented dude in Paramore's live band) is a super talented mix-engineer and I'm excited to see what he comes up with as I anxiously wait for these songs to show up in my inbox. I couldn't be more thrilled to have these people (and my band) at my side. They have given me the opportunity to etch my life onto a record the way I hear it in my head. I can't wait to show it to you all!
What is your passion? What do YOU do for fun?
Ramen! Celebrating the end of our recording with some of our oldest friends on our last day in town.